Cabin Fever? Here's where to visit this winter!
Contemplating a road trip? These Ohio History Connection sites are open and welcome visitors this winter. Most are managed for us by local partner organizations, so hours vary. Some may be open more limited hours than in other seasons or may be open weekends-only—before traveling, call the numbers below to confirm that those you’d like to visit will be open when you plan to be there.
For more ideas on what to do during winter, check out the Seven Historic Sites You Should Visit This Winter according to our membership manager, Truda!
Prefer warm and indoor? These are mainly-indoor attractions.
Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wapakoneta
Campus Martius Museum, Marietta
Explore the museum’s permanent exhibits to learn about Campus Martius, a civilian stockade built in 1788 as the first organized American settlement in the Northwest Territory. See the Ohio Company Land Office, reportedly the oldest building in Ohio, and the Rufus Putnam House, once part of the Campus Martius stockade.
Fort Meigs Museum, Perrysburg
The museum and visitor center featuring exhibits about Fort Meigs and the War of 1812 is open year-round. The adjacent reconstructed War of 1812 fort is closed for the winter and reopens in April.
The recently restored Harding Home and new Harding Presidential Library & Museum are open. Also visit the nearby Harding Memorial Presidential Gravesite at Vernon Heights Blvd. and Delaware Ave. See “Outdoor Sites” below.
Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont
The 31-room Rutherford B. Hayes Home and adjacent Hayes Museum are open. Also visit the graves of President Hayes and his wife, Lucy Webb Hayes, both on the grounds of Spiegel Grove.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce
Through Feb. 25, see Art of Soul! an annual juried exhibit featuring works created by artists from across the United States. Also on exhibit: African Americans Fighting for a Double Victory, about African American service in World War II and the impact that African American World War II veterans had on the advances in civil rights that followed the war, plus Behind the Mask—Black Power in Comics; Queens of the Heartland;
Rhythm of Revolution; and What’s in Your Attic? Selections from Our Permanent Collection.
Ohio History Center, Columbus
See permanent exhibits on Ohio history, natural history, archaeology and historic preservation plus the special exhibit Ohio—Champion of Sports, featuring more than 70 stories and 35 oral histories covering more than 25 sports ranging from baseball, football and basketball to roller derby, skateboarding and e-gaming. Also on exhibit: 1950s—Building the American Dream, featuring our fully-furnished hands-on Lustron prefab steel house of the era; and a World War I Display featuring equipment, weapons and memorabilia commemorating the recent centennial of "the Great War."
Paul Laurence Dunbar House, Dayton
Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights
Youngstown Historical Center
of Industry & Labor, Youngstown
Enjoy being outdoors, even in winter? In winter, these are mainly-outdoor attractions. Museums or visitor centers at these attractions observe fewer winter hours and may be closed even when the site is open.
Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve, near Oregonia and Lebanon
Museum and grounds are closed through Feb. 29, reopening March 1.
Fort Hill Earthworks & Nature Preserve, near Hillsboro
The park is open daily during all daylight hours. The hiking trails are closed for certain dates during the deer-hunting season in November through January each year. Please contact the site manager for additional information. The Gorge Trail and Canby’s Trail are closed for renovation due to unsafe hiking conditions. Note the reroute of the Buckeye Trail at the Fort Hill kiosk map.
Serpent Mound, near Peebles
Although the museum is closed for the winter, the grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk. Winter travelers: Park roads and grounds are not plowed in the winter, and are not accessible in bad weather. However, winter visitors are always welcome to park in front of the gate at the base of the hill and hike to the earthworks (3/8 mile).
Zoar Village, Zoar
Although Zoar's museum buildings are closed for the winter, you can visit and explore this historic Tuscarawas County village, home to an unusual communal society from 1819 to 1898, at any time. Much of the village is a National Historic Landmark. Local businesses may be open. Learn more at historiczoarvillage.com.
Real outdoor enthusiast? These wholly-outdoor sites are open daylight hours.
Big Bottom Memorial Park, Stockport
Buckeye Furnace, near Jackson
This rural park is the site of a 19th-century ironmaking furnace in Ohio's picturesque Hill Country. The museum buildings, closed for the season, reopen Memorial Day weekend.
Custer Monument, New Rumley
Davis Memorial Nature Preserve, near Peebles
Fallen Timbers Battlefield Memorial Park, near Maumee
Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries & Nature Preserve, near Brownsville
Site is open daylight hours. Museum is closed for the season.
Fort Amanda Memorial Park, near Wapakoneta
Fort Jefferson Memorial Park, Fort Jefferson
Fort Laurens, Bolivar
Site is open daylight hours. Museum is closed for the season. On the grounds, see the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot of the American Revolution and the place where Fort Laurens, Ohio's only Revolutionary War fort, stood. The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail passes through this site and is accessible from it.
The imposing neoclassical Harding Memorial Presidential Gravesite at Vernon Heights Blvd. and Delaware Ave. is open year-round. The nearby Harding Home and Harding Presidential Library & Museum are open. See “Indoor Sites” above.
Leo Petroglyphs & Nature Preserve, near Leo
Lockington Locks, Lockington
Logan Elm, near Circleville
Miamisburg Mound, Miamisburg
Newark Earthworks, Newark
Shrum Mound, Columbus
Story Mound, Chillicothe
William Henry Harrison Tomb, North Bend
Many Ohio History Connection sites not on this list close for the winter, though offer group tours by appointment during winter months. See the full list of Ohio History Connection sites, including sites that are closed for the winter, here.